The Spinicaudatan Clam Shrimp Genus Leptestheria Sars, 1898 (Crustacea, Branchiopoda) in California
Martin, Joel W.
Cash-Clark, Cora E.
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The spinicaudatan clam shrimp genus Leptestheria, the only genus of <br /><br />the family Leptestheriidae known from North America, is reported for the first <br /><br />time from California. Leptestheria compleximanus (Packard, 1877), which earlier <br /><br />had been erroneously reported from California (based on specimens collected in <br /><br />Baja California, Mexico), was found in two locations in the western Mojave Desert <br /><br />of California, where it occurs sympatrically with notostracans and anostracans. <br /><br />Some brief notes on natural history of the species, and a taxonomic synonymy, <br /><br />are provided.